The Commissioner of the Inquisition was installed in Villamesías. He was the most relevant figure between the Tribunal of Llerena and the action of the Holy Office in the towns. It presents its coat of arms on a spectacular balcony.
FORMER HOUSE OF THE INQUISITION
The house occupies a large lot. The facade is very interesting and striking, with a large porch over which the balcony is located.
Almost on the outskirts and on the road, it is easy to find it among others that will also fix our attention, there are quite a few houses of important dimensions and stately portes in this area. Nearby we will find some coats of arms of other main houses.
The Inquisition in Spain begins to walk in 1478, in many towns you can find other similar houses with inquisitorial coats of arms. Despite the fact that Villamesías was the seat of the Inquisition Tribunal during the 16th century, only one fiscal allegation has been found from the process of faith of a gentleman from here. Today he was a shoemaker and farmer who was being investigated by the Inquisition Court of Llerena for Judaism in 1744.
One of the main reasons for the creation of the Tribunal of the Inquisition in Spain was to combat the heresy of the Judaizers, Jews who claimed to have converted to the Catholic faith, it also investigated converts, Moriscos, Protestants? well in general to all those practices that went against the orthodoxy of the Catholic Church.
The entrance has a semicircular arch supported by two solid ashlar pillars. Above it runs the impressive balustrade. At the back of this wide porch there is a second arch in the carpanel style.
The shield, with the Cross holding a hand, with the Saint Benedict behind it, represented with the cross of Saint Andrew in the form of an X; the Sword and the Olive Branch give an idea of the character of its occupants. The image of strength is established at the top of the cross, where two crossed keys, the Vatican symbol, show the pontifical inspiration and the strength of the Pope.
Also in one of its sides we can appreciate several granite windows, some of them with an artistic iron gate.